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Woodinville Wedding Photographer: Alexandru+Alyssa

Woodinville Wedding Photographer: Rick+Anna Photography

This morning we are so excited to share Alexandru+Alyssa’s beautiful Woodinville backyard wedding with you!  You might remember these two from their engagement session, and we were thrilled today to feature some of our favorites from their wedding.  There’s something magical about intimate backyard weddings, and this one was filled with so many sweet details and so much happiness that I was teary eyed the entire time that I spent going through their images to choose my favorites for the blog this morning!  In the backyard where she played and laughed and cried as a little girl, with her best friend who grew up a few houses down standing by her side and her family and friends surrounding her, Alyssa stood in front of Alex and promised him forever.  And it was beautiful…

2nd Photographer: Adrien Craven

Hair/makeup by the talented Hannah of Urbanista Weddings.

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I love these moments when Alyssa’s sister helped her into her dress, so emotional and beautiful…

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This next photo on the left is one of my favorites…when Alex+Alyssa started literally jumping up and down together because they were so excited to get married!

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While we were out in the backyard Alyssa presented her bridesmaids with their gifts, and as her maid of honor began opening her box, she realized they were standing right above a carving that she had made of her name that she had made as a little girl when they were out playing in the yard…

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R+A Behind the Lens: Fairytales

On Saturday we shot a wedding, and for us it was one of the most sentimental weddings we’ve ever had the pleasure of documenting…so much so that I’m feeling the need to share the story with you this morning.  Because what we learned this weekend is that fairy tales do some true.  And that love prevails.  Because 44 years ago a young and beautiful exchange student from Chile came to the United States as a 17 year old high school student.  And she met a boy.  He impressed her with long drives in his fast car, he couldn’t believe how beautiful she was, and as the months went by Sal fell head over heels in love with Celeste – the beautiful Chilean girl that he knew he couldn’t live without.  They were inseparable.  They did everything together and spent every moment together.  And then, one morning, the day they had been dreading finally arrived.  As Celeste’s plane backed out from the terminal Sal imprinted the vision of her smile and wave into his heart, and then he felt it shatter into a million pieces.  There was no internet back in those days, and Chile was in the middle of a revolution.  And so for the next 40 years he accepted the fact that she was lost forever, and they had no communication.  He eventually got married and raised a beautiful family with children of his own, not knowing that Celeste was doing the same thing over 6,000 miles away.  And throughout all of those years not a day went by that Celeste didn’t cross his mind…

And what we learned on Saturday is that fairytales do come true.  Because 41 years later, with no contact over all that time, Sal found Celeste on Facebook.  ”Are you the girl that was an exchange student from Chile back in 1970?” he messaged her.  And he couldn’t believe it when she wrote him back with confirmation, saying “Yes, I am, just a little bit older,” because he had never stopped loving her over all those years.  They reunited, and on Saturday they stood in front of their families and friends and became husband and wife – and he told her with tears in his eyes that she looked even more beautiful than she had looked back in 1970.

And this, my friends, is the power of a photo.  It’s one of the best photos that I’ve ever seen, and it moves me a in a way that I can’t quite put into words:

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 When we sat in Celeste+Sal’s home for the first time to discuss their vision for their wedding photography and she showed me this photo, an old polaroid that had been scanned into a computer and somehow preserved after all of these years I immediately teared up and the goosebumps hit.  Because this is why we do what we do.  As I held the photograph I felt like I was holding magic.  I was transported to 1970, to a summer of young love and fast cars.  And then I looked past the photo and saw Celeste+Sal sitting on the couch together, holding hands, and I truly felt the miracle that photography can be.  Lately (after hearing Justin&Mary speak!) I’ve been thinking a lot about our “why.”  About why we do what we do.  About why we photograph weddings and engagements and senior portraits…and Celeste+Sal’s story pretty much sums up what I have trouble articulating into words.  We do it for love.  We do it because fairytales do come true.  We do it to tell a story.  …And we do it so that 40 years from now someone can hold one of our images in their hands and feel the goosebumps and tears come.

And here they are, over 40 years later, on their wedding day…we look forward to sharing more soon…

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Love, A

 

 

 

 

Benny Lynne - July 28, 2014 - 12:00 pm

What a powerful story and a true testament of love.

Sarah Kamin - July 28, 2014 - 12:14 pm

Love it!

Kerri Davis - July 28, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Wow, what an awesomely romantic story! Love it!

Ray Urner - July 28, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Love this story! When something is meant to be……!

Rosehill Community Center Wedding: Liza+Jordan

Rosehill Community Center Wedding: Rick+Anna Photography

On a rare warm and sunny June afternoon, Liza+Jordan stood in front of their families and friends and promised each other forever…and it was beautiful.  We had been looking forward to this wedding for so long, and it was even more incredible than we could have imagined!  You might recognize Liza+Jordan from our promo video on our website, and over the past year we have felt incredibly privileged to know this couple and to have had the opportunity to document their love.  Liza+Jordan, we can’t thank you enough for the awesome privilege of documenting your engagement and wedding day…we hope that you’ve had an incredible honeymoon exploring Alaska and we can’t wait to share your full gallery with you!  Love, R+A

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This next photo is one of my favorites from the entire day.  Liza+Jordan may have been in a cluttered room with tough lighting but this is the moment just after the ceremony when Jordan said “You’re my wife!” and grabbed Liza amidst the chaos of the crowded room filled with excited family and friends they took a long minute for a huge hug as the realization came over them that they were now husband and wife.  Technically, this may not be the best photo of the day – but we think it’s one of the most beautiful…

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Brittany Lauren - July 25, 2014 - 9:15 am

Such gorgeous detail shots! Congratulations to the happy couple and great job!

Larianne - July 25, 2014 - 11:17 am

I love all the details and genuine smiles! Such a beautiful wedding.

Melissa - July 25, 2014 - 1:46 pm

This couple’s love is so evident in the photos! Awesome job!

Cheryl Bailey - July 25, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Fantastic detail in these pictures! And she looks amazing in that dress – wow! Great job!

Carmen - July 25, 2014 - 8:48 pm

LOVE these! What an absolute gorgeous couple and wedding. I too love your favorite moment the best as well!

Everett Senior Photographer: Alliyah – Mariner High Class of 2015

Everett Senior Photographer: Rick+Anna Photography

Today we’re excited to feature Alliyah’s senior portraits!  Alliyah is a gorgeous Class of 2015 senior at Mariner High in Everett, and she is seriously the sweetest – we just adore her!  For her senior portraits she wanted something unique, and we loved the three different looks and locations that we came up with because they meshed perfectly with her personality and outfits.  Alliyah, we are so excited for you to rock her senior year of high school and for all of the amazing things you have planned after you graduate!  It was such a pleasure to spend the evening with you and we can’t wait to share your full gallery:)  Love, R+A

Hair/Makeup:  Hanna Mazur

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Sanders Estate Wedding: Mikala+Phillip

This morning we’re getting back into the blogging game after an unexpected trip for a family emergency, and we are so excited to share some of our favorites from Mikala+Phillip’s recent Sanders Estate wedding.  This was our first time shooting a wedding at Sanders Estate and we absolutely fell in love…such a gorgeous venue, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled to document Mikala+Phillip’s love in such beautiful surroundings and work with an awesome creative team…

Venue: Sanders Estate

Event Planner: Lisa at A Bride’s Dream

Catering: Twelve Baskets 

Florals: Aria Style

Decor/Rentals: Prop Gallery

Videography: JWeber Films

DJ: Adam’s DJ Service

Cake: The People’s Cake

Limo Service: British Motor Coach

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Kristina - July 23, 2014 - 8:17 am

OKAY! LOVE his reaction to seeing her! That is adorable and I LOVE the details! Y’all did an awesome job!!!

Brittany Lauren - July 23, 2014 - 10:38 am

Such great emotion in these pictures!

Ashley - July 23, 2014 - 11:21 am

Oh my goodness – this is such a GORGEOUS, colorful wedding! …Love the groom’s reaction during the first look!! :)
You did an amazing job capturing their day.

Arica - July 23, 2014 - 11:32 am

So much good in this post! Love the first look shots, the row boat ones and all the bright colours throughout! Top notch.

Jennifer Weems - July 23, 2014 - 12:46 pm

If that first look reaction does not convince you to do a first look, nothing will. Great Job!

Lisa Posey Brenneman - July 23, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Rick Plus Anna are one of the best photographers I’ve worked with. They were able to catch some amazing once in a lifetime moments and all without even knowing they were there! I highly recommend them.

Sohail Chouhan - July 23, 2014 - 5:04 pm

Lovely blend of culture…..the photos are amazing and CONGRATS to the Bride & Groom !!!!!

shannon - July 24, 2014 - 6:04 am

omg how cute are they, and all the emotion from the two of them its really so sweet. they even got a rainbow…gorgeous!!

Chasity Noel - July 24, 2014 - 8:44 am

Beautiful photos, and great job capturing all the colors, details and emotion!

Tosha Et Brian - July 25, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Wow gorgeous wedding photos! I love the details!!! Beautiful job!